If medical personnel are able to access your medical history during an emergency, it could mean the difference between life and death. But if, for example, you are injured, in shock, suffering from dementia, or are otherwise incapacitated, you may not be able to provide that information yourself.
There are several systems readily available to help make crucial contact and medical history information available to first responders. Consider taking the time to update your details with the following free tools:
In addition, there is an option to share your Medical ID information automatically with a dispatcher, should you ever need to make an emergency call.
To get the most out of an emergency contact, you should make sure the person you choose as your emergency contact has agreed to act in this capacity, knows about any allergies or other factors that could affect your treatment, and knows whom to contact on your behalf.